Keisei Tominaga Scores 18, Gary Adds 15 and 11 Rebounds; Nebraska Beats Rutgers 67-56

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Nebraska’s Keisei Tominaga (30) shoots against Rutgers during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Lincoln, Neb.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Keisei Tominaga scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Juwan Gary added 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks and Nebraska never trailed in its 67-56 win over cold-shooting Rutgers on Sunday night.

Josiah Allick added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Nebraska (21-9, 11-8 Big Ten). The Cornhuskers, who lost 78-69 to Ohio State last time out, have won five of their last six games.

Rienk Mast and Allick each scored four points in an 8-0 opening run and C.J. Wilcher hit a 3-pointer that gave Nebraska a 12-point lead midway through the first half. Allick made a layup that made it 26-15 with 6:23 that sparked an 8-0 run pushed the lead to 17 — the biggest of the game — less than 3 minutes later and Brice Williams made two free throws with 14:36 left in the game that made it 49-33.

Gavin Griffiths scored seven points in a 15-5 spurt that pulled the Knights within six with 7 minutes to play but Tominaga answered with a conventional three-point play on an acrobatic layup and then was fouled as he hit a 3-pointer 48 seconds later and knocked down the and-1 free throw for a four-point play that made it 61-48.